Yogis, grab your yoga mat! Newbies, it's time to find a class!
September is National Yoga Month and once again there a ton of opportunities around the Baltimore metro area to find free classes during the month of September.
2014 marks the five-year anniversary of National Yoga Month, which encourages studios, teachers, along with new and long-time students to host or enjoy free yoga classes throughout the month.
The Yoga Month campaign is administered by the Yoga Health Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that benefits the national awareness campaign and yoga health education for at-risk kids in schools.
The foundation encourages studios and teachers to offer a one week free yoga program. In 2014, over 2,200 studios around the U.S. are registered to participate, along with over 1,000 events, including over 200 locations from Baltimore to Washington, DC.
According to the Yoga Health Foundation, during National Yoga Month, one of a select few national health observances, millions will come together for free events and activities. Festivities will take place across the U.S., with hundreds of studios, teachers, individuals and organizers taking part in their own hometowns. The events are all designed to educate people about the mind and body benefits of yoga practice.
“We are all looking for ways to take an active role in managing our health. There are readily available solutions that don’t necessarily require insurance or even a doctor,” said Johannes Fisslinger, co-founder of National Yoga Month. “Preventative wellness can be accessed by simply unrolling a yoga mat!”
Yoga Health Foundation’s web site has a search map to help find studios, teachers and events that are hosting free classes from a 5 to 100-mile radius from your home.
The Yoga Health Foundation is still encouraging teachers, studios and event planners to register events happening this month on the organization's web site by emailing details about your donation class (date, location, contact info) to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will post it on this web page, their newsletter and social media posts going to over 100,000+ yogis.
Yoga Month, recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services, has endorsed yoga as a practice that provides many health benefits. According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in 2008, long-term yoga practitioners in the United States report muscular-skeletal and mental health improvements. Doctors prescribe yoga for a variety of issues, including hypertension arthritis, anxiety, and other manageable health problems.
The Yoga Month Card coupon can be redeemed only once at participating studios from September 1 until October 30, and is good for one week of free yoga at participating locations. The web site allows for one Yoga Month Card per student, and selected location, only. Since this offer is encouraging experienced yogis to try yoga at a new location, existing students at the selected (which means if you have been practicing at your selected yoga studio in the past) may not qualify for this offer. Please ask your local yoga studio for details, as some may welcome their regular favorite yogis to enjoy a free week as well.
How can you participate?
Just visit www.yogamonth.org and search for free yoga classes and events in your city or print your Yoga Month Card to be redeemed for one week free yoga at over 2,000 participating yoga studios nationwide.
Then all you have to do is:
1) fill out your contact information
2) choose a yoga studio,
3) print your Yoga Month card,
4) visit the yoga studio you choose and do yoga!